Why can’t we just get rid of computer viruses?

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The 21st century is an age of fear and paranoia, and computer viruses are among the things that fuel this seemingly neverending fire. Computer viruses are one of the things I hate about the modern world. All they do is make using computers and the Internet seem riskier than it really is, and the worst part about it is that computer viruses really do not need to exist.

The whole mess started because some prankster thought it would be a good idea to make a program that messes with your computer. Why would anyone do that? When Richard Skrenta made his Elk Cloner program back in 1982, he probably didn’t realize the full extent of what he was doing. He basically showed the world that you can make programs that mess up other computers, but just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should.

Flash forward to the year 2014, and we now have to keep our eyes open for all sorts of viruses, and we do this because we’re afraid that when our computers become infected with a computer virus, it wreck the computer, possibly render it unusable, or even steal our information. What angers me about computer viruses is that nobody is working towards a plan to permanently wipe out computer viruses, as though it really is a nihilistic situation.

It’s not as though the anti-virus companies are any better. In fact, it’s just as likely that a lot of viruses were actually created by some anti-virus companies so that they can be zapped by them. The fact that there’s an industry for anti-virus software is actually something of a worrying sign, because for most anti-virus companies, getting rid of viruses is actually their second-highest priority, the highest being the profit motive. In a world where there were no computer viruses or malware, anti-virus companies would stop seeing profits.

For me, eliminating computer viruses should be the one of the most important things that governments should be working on. Instead of bickering about who’s right about what, maybe they should get off their asses and actually do something, because the fear of computer viruses makes people unhappy.

I see absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t be working to eradicate all computer viruses, because I don’t want to live my life having to worry about my computer being infected by a potentially destructive computer virus, and I’m sure nobody else does either.


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